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Roy: Avs ‘excited to be going back home’

Apr 29, 2014, 1:17 AM EDT

Patrick Roy AP

Those expecting pessimism from Patrick Roy following Monday’s 5-2 loss to Minnesota weren’t getting any.

“You know what? We fought all year to be in that position to be in a Game 7,” Roy said, per the Denver Post. “We’re going to be in our building, in front of our fans. I’m sure our players are excited about it. I know our players are not happy with losing this game, but we are excited to be going back home.

“I’d rather be playing at home.”

You can expect to hear plenty about “playing at home” leading up to Wednesday’s game at the Pepsi Center. Monday’s Game 6 marked the sixth time in this series the home team emerged the victor, with both teams playing “their games” at home. The Avs have been dynamic offensively at the Pepsi Center, scoring 13 times in three games, while the Wild have been equally good defensively at Xcel, surrendering just three goals on 57 shots against.

But those performances at Xcel are now rendered moot, because Game 7 is in Denver.

Aside from winning all three games at home this series, the Avs have a season-long history of solid performances in Colorado. They went 26-11-4 during the year and closed out the year going 2-0-1 with wins over Vancouver and the Rangers, losing to Pittsburgh in a shootout.

In light of this decided home-ice advantage, one would expect the Wild to go into Game 7 as the underdog — but as head coach Mike Yeo reminded after tonight’s win, anything can happen in a one-shot, winner-take all scenario.

“We’ve got to be ready to go play our best game of the series,” he said. “We’re not done. We’ll go in there with a real purpose.”

 

 

  1. guitarisgood4u - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    We weren’t ‘Minnesota Nice?’

  2. slickvb82 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    We are due for one in Colorado, I have a feeling its Wed night! Go Wild!

  3. joejacks - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Go Avs Go! #WhynotUs

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      #becauseYouRelyTooMuchOnYourGoalie

    • imleftcoast - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      A Denver fan quoting Russell Wilson?

  4. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Headed to Denver where one goes on and the other goes home! It’s do or die! Either way it goes great series for both teams! Let’s go to the mile high and win one on the road! GO WILD!!!

  5. mnjoemama - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Colorado fans can’t dream up the kind of atmosphere that was in St. Paul last night. Don’t be scared !!! Go wild

    • purpleguy - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Is suspect Co fans will be just as loud, but those mugs shots of Varlamov were pretty entertaining.

    • jernster21 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      We’ve won a couple cups, we’ve lived better atmospheres.

      • imleftcoast - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        The atmosphere was outstanding in Minnesota last night. I’m no Wild fan, but loved the reaction to those two empty net goals. Roy looked like he thought Boudreau jinxed him. It puts a lot of pressure on the team holding the lead, but 2:44 seemed too early last night. It almost worked, but the Avs were already buzzing.

        Fyi, those Cups belong in Quebec City.

      • lordfletcher - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        “we’ve”

        please don’t say this again. You haven’t won crap (you specifically, you don’t play for the Avs) and were gifted a team from Canada. Get back to the hockey world in 10 years after building from ground zero

      • jernster21 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        Oh man, what a bitter response from a fan of a team who hasn’t won a cup. If breaking out the trivial technicalities such as “you aren’t on the avalanche” or “you were gifted a team” makes you feel better about yourself and your team, more power to you.

        The Avs wouldn’t have won the Cup their first season here if they didn’t trade for Patrick Roy; Stephane Fiset wasn’t taking them to the promise land. That trade had nothing to do with Quebec. Additionally, the team in 2001 had 4 players from the 2005 winning team. Hardly the same team we inherited. So any way you spin it, 2 or 1, it’s still one more than the Wild have. Keep trollin’ though.

  6. joeyashwi - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Two great teams, six great games. I love the NHL playoffs!!! Go Wild!

  7. Jeff - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    if the Wild were smart, they’d be talking to the NHL office about making sure this game 7 gets officiated fairly

  8. vstar1us - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    The Wild need to focus on the game at hand instead of complaining about the poor refs and the bad calls.
    Go Wild

  9. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Fact is, in two of the three games in CO, the wild were the better team for most of the night. They shot themselves in the foot in epic fashion, twice, in game 1 to give the Avs the game. And game 5 – well, if you know anything about hockey and you’re not from CO you know just how ridiculously undeserved that victory was for the Abs. Wild won’t let another one slip through their fingers.

    • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Exactly.

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